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Stettler Wildcats down Hunting Hills Lightning, proceed to provincials

The Stettler Wildcats undefeated streak continues.
Luc Bryson evades Hunting Hills players as he runs the ball. (Dave Morris photo)

The Stettler Wildcats undefeated streak continues.

Playing the league final game on home turf in what could be generously called less-than-ideal conditions, the Stettler Wildcats hosted Red Deer’s Hunting Hills Lightning on Nov. 5 in sub-zero and snowy weather.

Still, the weather didn’t dissuade the team from coming out to play. According to head coach Norbert Baharally, the Wildcats defense played a strong game and the offense “did what it needed to do.”

A good chunk of the offense came from Kyle Dennis, who opened scoring just over three minutes into the game with a touchdown. Between Dennis and Colton Blanchard the team rushed for nearly 500 total yards.

The Wildcats managed to pick up another trio of points during the first half of play, picking up a single point on a play just under 10 minutes into the game, then picking up two more with a Safety.

During the first half of the game, the Wildcats scored 9 and allowed the Lightning to pick up 3, keeping the game tight.

In the second half of the game, the Wildcats offense exploded with Dennis, Blanchard, and Quarterback Jakob Lewis all picking up touchdowns.

By the time the clock ran down at the end of the fourth quarter the Wildcats had scored 29 points while holding the Lightning to the 3 they picked up in the first half.

“It was a very cold, wet, windy and miserable day for our league championship, but our team survived the winter elements and came away with a victory moving our season record to 9-0,” said Baharally.

The game was the last home game of the season for the Wildcats, though the win has moved them on to Provincials.

Up next, the team will travel to Lloydminster to play against the number-one ranked Tier-3 Holy Rosary Raiders on Nov. 12.

The format of provincial play is sudden-death, so the next game is a must win for the team if they are to continue on to the Alberta Northern Championship the weekend after.

Regardless of the outcome of the upcoming game, Baharally is happy with how the season has progressed.

“I am very proud of the team of young-men and gal for what they have accomplished this year.”

Three Wildcats apply pressure to the Hunting Hills Lighting Quarterback in the backfield. (Dave Morris photo)
Koen Hagel runs the ball while Kyle Dennis and Colby Niehaus block. (Dave Morris photo)
Wildcats swarm the Hunting Hills ball carrier. (Dave Morris photo)
Waylon Blumhagen reaches to tackle the Hunting Hills ball carrier during the league final game Nov. 5. (Dave Morris photo)
Kyle Dennis is knocked while running the ball. (Dave Morris photo)

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I’m Kevin Sabo. I’ve been a resident of the Castor area for the last 12 years and counting, first coming out here in my previous career as an EMT.
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